Computerworld: Schwab Goes Live with Grid Computing Technology

[ Thanks to Matt for
this link. ]

“David Dibble, executive vice president of technology services
at Schwab, said the grid system was jointly developed with IBM and
currently connects 12 two-processor servers that are based on Intel
chips and are located in the discount brokerage’s Phoenix data
center. Next year, San Francisco-based Schwab plans to begin
rolling out the grid technology across thousands of low-cost
servers with spare CPU capacity that could be used to speed up
compute-intensive applications…

“It took a team of about 15 internal IT staffers working with a
development team from IBM about a year to build the grid system,
Dibble said. Schwab is using Globus Toolkit 2.0, a set of
open-source software tools that support grid computing
applications. The system links IBM xSeries 330 servers running Red
Hat Linux and IBM’s DB2 database. Both IBM’s WebSphere and BEA
Systems Inc.’s WebLogic application server software is being

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